U.S. Guitar Duo (William Jenks and David Tutmark perform April 20) March 21 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) artistic director William Jenks is excited to announce he will be performing with David Tutmark as the U.S. Guitar Duo on Friday, April 20th, at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall at 8 PM.  Included on the program are two baroque double concerto masterpieces by George Frederick Handel originally for harp and a second by Antonio Vivaldi originally for two mandolins.  Both concertos have been arranged for two guitars and the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble where Jenks serves on the music faculty as classical guitar instructor and guitar ensemble director.  In addition to these intriguing arrangements for a sextet of guitarists, will be gorgeous set of duos by Ferdinando Carulli, Enrique Granados, Frederic Chopin and more.  This concert is sure to sell out and will feature additional seating in the newly opened balcony of Wiegand Hall.   Advance tickets are highly recommended and are now on sale at PortlandClassicGuitar.com for $20-$25.

Since the U.S. Guitar Duo was formed in September of 2017, they have already performed internationally in Mexico and Chile, and they will be embarking on a European tour in the summer of 2018.  The U.S. Guitar Duo was also invited to perform in the Andre Segovia International Guitar Festival in Spain in the fall of 2019 and have received invitations to perform in Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Hawaii.  Before forming the duo, each artist has made their own substantial contributions to the musical world.

William Jenks began his musical career as a gifted singer, performing choral music at age six. As a youth he participated in a memorable Carnegie Hall performance of the Magnificat, under the celebrated composer and maestro John Rutter. After switching to guitar as a young man, Jenks would go on to record four widely-praised CDs, each supported by extensive touring. He gave a series of favorably received solo concerts in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Chile.  Jenks is also known for his superb teaching through Maryllhurst University and his private studio where he has trained guitarists from beginning through professional levels. He also created the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series where he has presented over 130 concerts of world renowned artists such as the Romeros, John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, The Assads, Sharon Isbin, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic and many more.

David Tutmark comes from a background in electric guitar and rock where he toured extensively and his music was used in various commercials and independent films with the band Blue Ember.  He also performed in 2017 at Lahootie Melo in Hyderbad, Pakistan for a crowd of 20,000.  As a classical player, David is known for his visceral yet polished style of playing and consistently delivers captivating performances of traditional and contemporary classical guitar.  David earned a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Portland State University.  He maintains a busy performance career, giving over 300 performances between 2012 and 2017.  Today he continues to maintain a busy schedule as a performer and teacher of the guitar both privately and through Clackamas Community College.

Wiegand Hall is located at Marylhurst University: 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036). To order tickets, visit portlandclassicguitar.com. For questions and more information call 503-830-1417 or email us at info@portlandclassicguitar.com.